Florida Legislature Gears Up For Early Session

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — This year’s annual state legislative session is starting two months earlier than usual.

The session is starting Tuesday because legislators have to approve new voting districts based on latest Census figures. Those new districts must be ready in time for the 2012 elections.

But even with the early start House Speaker Dean Cannon says the legislature has “limited bandwidth” for issues other than redistricting and the required passage of a state budget. Senate President Mike Haridopolos is even saying the Legislature may skip the budget and end the regular session earlier than the usual 60 days.

Haridopolos says it may be too soon to have a handle on the state’s finances. Legislators have until July to pass a budget and could convene a special session.

Source: Associated Press